I went desktop for those reasons. Still, DW picked up a docking station for $40 and can have whatever size monitor she wants that way. If cost is the only/primary consideration then laptops can't compete, but the premium for the convenience is becoming very small. Unless you are a gamer (which I am) the laptop makes a strong case for itself now.
I use a laptop because I travel a lot and when at home connect to an external monitor. My DW uses a desktop.
Originally Posted by aaronc879
I would like the mobility that a laptop provides. I have a nice large deck at my condo that I would like to go on with my laptop. I'd also like to take it with me when I visit my parents. Also, i'd like to have a laptop so I can bring it along when I travel. I've had a desktop for 7 years, i'd really like to try a laptop this time around.
Good reasons for a laptop. Do you want to hook up to an external monitor when watching tv/movies?
Lets see, laptop $725-750 1.88GHz, 2GB memory , 250GB hard disk, 14.1” monitor The Dell Online Store: Build Your System
linksys router $48 Amazon.com: Linksys WRT54G2 Wireless-G Broadband Router: Electronics
norton antivirus $28 Amazon.com: Norton Antivirus 2009: Software
You can still get a 19” dell monitor for $150 and stay under $1K. This configuration will last a good while, especially if you keep the SW.
Note - the dell link is just an example, not a recommendation. The configuration is more than adequate for your need, but there are certainly other good options, including HP and Lenovo. Whichever brand you choose, you should stay toward the low end - it's where the real price performance is. You should also make sure to have as much memory as you can afford (2 GM minimum) - this is key if you want the computer to last.